In Depth

  • India has big plans for solar

    India thinks big on solar as the PV world gears up for 2015

    Friday Focus | By Ben Willis - 21 November 2014, 12:33

    This week India has taken the prize in the solar numbers game, while North America’s PV manufacturers have shown signs that their fight against the Asian big boys is far from being over. PV Tech reviews another eventful week in solar.

  • Sonnedix's project in Thailand

    PV Talk: Why solar is set fair in Southeast Asia

    Interviews | By Lucy Woods - 18 November 2014, 17:48

    Ahead of Solar Energy Southeast Asia in Bangkok next week, PV Tech talks to Franck Constant, director at global solar developer, Sonnedix, about his hopes for solar in the region.

  • Solarworld

    North America’s amazing PV module manufacturing turnaround

    Editors' Blog | By Mark Osborne - 17 November 2014, 19:01 | 2

    Over the last few years, North America has lost a significant number of PV manufacturers. But after analysing recent company results announcements, Mark Osborne reveals an altogether different story in the making for 2015 and beyond.

  • Comet lander, Philae

    Solar flies high, SunEdison strikes out and the Solyndra ghost is laid to rest

    Friday Focus | By Ben Willis - 14 November 2014, 12:26

    From the depths of space to Japan, via the Philippines, US and UK, the roving eye of PV Tech takes in another eventful week in solar.

  • Christ the Redeemer

    An auction, an election, too many results conference calls and a resurrection

    Friday Focus | By John Parnell - 07 November 2014, 12:23

    An auction, an election, too many results conference calls and a resurrection, PV Tech rounds up the week’s biggest solar stories from around the world.

  • Sai Thong

    PV Talk: The Southeast Asia solar phoenix

    Interviews | By Jo-Anne Duff - 06 November 2014, 12:46

    As Thailand’s solar market witnesses a revival following recent political unrest, PV in other Southeast Asian countries such as Singapore, the Philippines and Indonesia is also showing signs of growth. Christophe Inglin, founder of Phoenix Solar’s Singapore arm, offers some tips for successful PV project development in this hugely promising solar region.

  • sma solar

    SMA Solar continues market share shenanigans

    Editors' Blog | By Mark Osborne - 06 November 2014, 12:30

    Both PV Tech and market research firm IHS have repeatedly highlighted for several years that SMA Solar’s view on its market share position in the PV inverter market differs considerably from our own analysis.

  • First Solar

    What’s next for thin-film solar PV in 2015?

    Guest Blog | By Finlay Colville - 05 November 2014, 10:49

    Demand for thin-film PV is still growing, but what about supply? NPD Solarbuzz’s Finlay Colville looks at what is around the corner for thin-film PV as a technology offering to the solar industry.

  • IBC Solar

    PV Talk: What Brazil can learn from India’s solar auctions

    Interviews | By John Parnell - 05 November 2014, 06:42

    Brazil’s first solar auction at the end of last week raised eyebrows with incredibly low project prices averaging out at less than US$87/MWh. Tobias Engelmeier, managing director of the consultancy Bridge to India discusses what lessons Brazil could take from India’s experiences with solar auctions.

  • Atsuhiko Hirano

    PV Talk: Solar Frontier sets sights on US CIGS play

    Interviews | By Ben Willis - 03 November 2014, 11:20

    Japanese CIGS thin-film manufacturer Solar Frontier has seen significant success as a supplier to its booming domestic market, but has yet to match that overseas. Speaking to PV Tech, the company’s new CEO Atsuhiko Hirano outlines his vision to take Solar Frontier global and his hopes for the role of CIGS technology in the PV market.

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  • Photovoltaics International 26th Edition

    Looking back, 2014 was a year of convalescence for a PV industry still battered and bruised from a period of ferocious competition. End-market demand continued apace, with analysts towards the end of 2014 predicting the year would see between around 45 and 50GW of deployment. That has begun to feed through to the supplier end of the market, with all the main manufacturers announcing capacity expansions in 2015 and further ahead.

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    Although the past few years have proved extremely testing for PV equipment manufacturers, falling module prices have driven solar end-market demand to previously unseen levels. That demand is now starting to be felt by manufacturers, to the extent that leading companies are starting to talk about serious capacity expansions later this year and into 2015. This means that the next 12 months will be a critical period if companies throughout the supply chain are to take full advantage of the PV industry’s next growth phase.

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